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Odisha’s Utkal varsity to screen Japanese movie to promote language studies

Utkal University

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to develop a better understanding about Japan and its people, Odisha’s Utkal University to screen a Japanese movie “Swing Girls” tomorrow for its students and faculty members during a seminar-cum-workshop titled ‘A Day With Japan’.

The movie directed by Shinobu Yaguch will be screened between 4.30 pm and 6.15 pm at PG Council Hall, and it’s open for all, varsity sources said.

Besides, the premier university will organise “Calligraphy demonstration-cum-workshop” to showcase Japan’s unique art form by an expert calligraphy teacher Hiroko Nagahma, who has come all the way from Japan.

The participants will also get an opportunity to have a hands-on experience on this traditional art using traditional brush, ink and paper sourced from Japan. This workshop will be relevant and meaningful to not only the Japanese language students but also to all other students of the university as calligraphy is a fine and expressive art.

The University officials said the main purpose of organising such events is to generate interest among students to study Japanese language professionally as it will help them immensely in future.

“As Odisha has several Buddhist sites that draw tourists from Japan, learning this language professionally will open plenty of opportunities for our students and research scholars,” said Professor Prasanna Patra, Head of Anthropology Department and course-coordinator of Japanese language.

The anthropology Department of the varsity had started the free course October 29, 2015, as a pilot project supported by the state government. Students pursuing the course were provided help to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test held July each year.

“In the first batch, 15 MPhil and PhD students are already being trained. This year, we are planning to take 20 students including two from other universities,” Patra said.

Vice-Consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata, Manami Kato and PG Council Chairman Bramhananda Satpathy among other dignitaries are scheduled to participate in the event.